(Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the GameCola blog during GameCola’s six-month-long hiatus.)
So now you’ve all heard the big news—GameCola’s final issue is out, and the site will be changing its format. I’ve been working hard to bring you guys an all-new GameCola. It’s coming, and it will be big. There are quite a lot of new features to look forward to. Aside from the fact that authors can post content at any time, meaning there’s always something to look at (as opposed to our once-a-month format now), we’re going to be breathing life back into some old features and bringing you some new features to look forward to.
As Paul said, we do have a timeline for the transition, but even today, nothing’s perfect. We’ll be bringing you updates routinely to let you know what’s going on, right up until the final launch.
That said, out of my busy schedule, I’ve got a large block roped off just for GC. Of that, I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on getting the new GameCola launched a ready to go—and I’m happy to say, there’s been a lot of progress in that department. In addition to this, one of things I have had to do was move the GameCola Interactive (RSS, blogs, forums, comments) stuff over to a new server, to get it all ready to be integrated with the new GameCola. The downside to this, however, is that I’ve been so busy, and as a result I’ve been neglecting to keep up on some of the more routine stuff that I usually do. As a result, I am aware that there are some bugs in the older parts of GameCola that have surfaced recently. Some of the comment boxes have disappeared, some of the Flash videos embedded in blog posts are no longer working and the forums are once again being spammed. (Although this is nothing compared to what some of you remember from the past when we’ve had to deal with forum spam). Any of you familiar with Web programming may have also noticed that, at the moment, we’re being visited by the notorious PHP escaping bug. (For those of you not up with the programming, there’s some rude little backslashes barging their way into various posts, particularly around apostrophes and quotes).
I wanted to take the time to apologise for these bugs, and let you know that I am aware of them, and I intend to fix the more severe ones as soon as I can. The less critical ones—these would be bugs that are annoying, but don’t hinder use of the site—may have to wait until the relaunch, since that should rid us of any old bugs laying around. I ask that you bear with me while I deal with all these issues, old and new.
If you wish to help, all I ask is that you keep an eye out for anything I haven’t mentioned, and if you see any bugs I’m not yet aware of, post on the forums and let me know, and I’ll address them shortly. Additionally, if you see any spam on the forums, take five seconds and click the “report to moderator” link, and I’ll ensure it gets removed shortly.
- The backslash/escaping issue should now be resolved on all future posts made.
- The issue that caused the comments on the blog to disappear should also now be resolved.
- No more Flash/Shockwave errors should appear when reading the blog page.